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(Stuff.co.nz)   What kind of business promises free money to be dropped on a crowd then uses fake money as the people trample each other to get it? The Safety Warehouse   (stuff.co.nz) divider line
    More: Stupid, Auckland, Aotea Square, Safety Warehouse, Safety, Auckland's Aotea Square, Money, hope of some free cash, Green MP Ricardo Menndez  
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2020-12-05 8:24:38 AM  
Holy crap they need to be sued and charged for counterfeiting.

/ The word 'safety' is not what they think it means I guess.
 
2020-12-05 8:27:21 AM  
The Joker?

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2020-12-05 8:37:35 AM  
Oh 2020, you silly thing. What will you think of next?
 
2020-12-05 9:04:51 AM  

TelemonianAjax: The Joker?

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I came here for that.

/Leaving satisfied.
 
2020-12-05 9:09:13 AM  
Are they a subsidiary of Matthew Lesko Corp?
 
2020-12-05 9:22:21 AM  
As God is my witness, I thought money could fly.
 
2020-12-05 9:33:20 AM  

TelemonianAjax: The Joker?

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At least the Joker used Real cash.
 
2020-12-05 9:36:18 AM  

HighlanderRPI: Are they a subsidiary of Matthew Lesko Corp?


I am so glad that f*ck is no longer on TV.
 
2020-12-05 9:57:06 AM  
That doesn't sound very safe.
 
2020-12-05 9:59:16 AM  
ROOPIS! ROOPIS!
 
2020-12-05 10:03:21 AM  
And the city approved this! I was thinking they need to have their business license revoked at the very least but since they went thru the proper channels I'm not sure anything can be done. WTF is wrong with everyone involved? Desperate people took off work and traveled and spent money to get there. Jesus.
 
2020-12-05 10:06:44 AM  
Good thing they didn't have to wade in raw sewage for it.
 
2020-12-05 10:06:51 AM  
OK, so this was a tremendously stupid and ill advised thing to do. I don't know what the laws are in NZ, but I hope it costs them legally. However, this event attracted some serious dimbulbs.

Wayne Lynch drove up from Palmerston North with his partner, hoping the $120 he spent on petrol would be more than compensated by the cash giveaway.

He realised that wasn't the case when he caught his first two notes and spotted they were fake. Instead of legal tender, the "cash" gives the bearer 30 per cent off orders from The Safety Warehouse, which sells PPE online.

Lynch said he's now stranded in Auckland with no money to get back home.

He was also hurt in the crush of the crowd, he said.

"I was stomped on, when they were throwing the money I had a whole pile of people on top of me."
 
2020-12-05 10:07:16 AM  
PPE?
that's a lawsuit.

good.
 
2020-12-05 10:08:24 AM  
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2020-12-05 10:08:40 AM  

Fishmongers' Daughters: And the city approved this! I was thinking they need to have their business license revoked at the very least but since they went thru the proper channels I'm not sure anything can be done. WTF is wrong with everyone involved? Desperate people took off work and traveled and spent money to get there. Jesus.


Mass stupidity all around. The STUPID tag is certainly a good fit.

I hate the thought of there being desperate people in NZ. They're one of the precious few nations on the planet that appear to have their shiat together.
 
2020-12-05 10:11:21 AM  
"We are the people's company & proud of it, so we're dropping $100,000 in value from the sky in Aotea Square at 12pm on Saturday the 5th. Yes, ACTUAL MONEY will be flying from the sky," it said.

Dropping $100k in value. Which probably would have covered their butts for coupon dropping, but the ACTUAL MONEY part may be what bites them (unsure of NZ laws).
 
2020-12-05 10:12:07 AM  

The_Sponge: HighlanderRPI: Are they a subsidiary of Matthew Lesko Corp?

I am so glad that f*ck is no longer on TV.


You seem irrationally mad at that guy.  Did you not know he was a clown?
 
2020-12-05 10:12:16 AM  
"We are the people's company & proud of it, so we're dropping $100,000 in value from the sky in Aotea Square at 12pm on Saturday the 5th. Yes, ACTUAL MONEY will be flying from the sky,"

uh...

they say 'actual money', but that sounded shady as hell

way to fark over desperate people, assholes
 
2020-12-05 10:13:58 AM  
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2020-12-05 10:14:39 AM  
Do they advertise as the Best Little Warehouse in Auckland?
 
2020-12-05 10:14:55 AM  
They get mad at the strip club when I make it rain with fake money too... like, really mad.
 
2020-12-05 10:15:16 AM  
I feel for people who need to go to such an event.
 
2020-12-05 10:19:04 AM  

hissatsu: However, this event attracted some serious dimbulbs.


Desperate people are very susceptible to bad ideas and trickery. Given dire enough circumstances, I think most people are capable of making very bad choices.
 
2020-12-05 10:21:28 AM  
 
2020-12-05 10:24:26 AM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: "We are the people's company & proud of it, so we're dropping $100,000 in value from the sky in Aotea Square at 12pm on Saturday the 5th. Yes, ACTUAL MONEY will be flying from the sky,"

uh...

they say 'actual money', but that sounded shady as hell

way to fark over desperate people, assholes


They might have also dropped $20 in cash, just so there would indeed be actual money.
 
2020-12-05 10:26:48 AM  
I had to laugh like hell.
 
2020-12-05 10:30:28 AM  
Something something if it sounds too good to be true...

I have a friend who is a complete sucker for marketing stunts.    Let's go do the ice cream challenge, you just buy an ice cream at all two hundred ice cream stands throughout the state, and you win... Diabetes, you win diabetes, and 4,000 miles on your odometer, resulting in $3,000 worth of car and ice cream expenses, for a fifty dollar bauble.  Sounds like a super good way to ruin a summer.
 
2020-12-05 10:31:04 AM  
The failure mode of clever is asshole
 
2020-12-05 10:31:16 AM  
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2020-12-05 10:33:07 AM  
They've got pictures of the piles of fake notes. Have the reporters found anyone that got real money?
 
2020-12-05 10:35:21 AM  

hissatsu: OK, so this was a tremendously stupid and ill advised thing to do. I don't know what the laws are in NZ, but I hope it costs them legally. However, this event attracted some serious dimbulbs.

Wayne Lynch drove up from Palmerston North with his partner, hoping the $120 he spent on petrol would be more than compensated by the cash giveaway.

He realised that wasn't the case when he caught his first two notes and spotted they were fake. Instead of legal tender, the "cash" gives the bearer 30 per cent off orders from The Safety Warehouse, which sells PPE online.

Lynch said he's now stranded in Auckland with no money to get back home.

He was also hurt in the crush of the crowd, he said.

"I was stomped on, when they were throwing the money I had a whole pile of people on top of me."


A bird in the hand...
 
2020-12-05 10:40:25 AM  

Discordulator: "We are the people's company & proud of it, so we're dropping $100,000 in value from the sky in Aotea Square at 12pm on Saturday the 5th. Yes, ACTUAL MONEY will be flying from the sky," it said.

Dropping $100k in value. Which probably would have covered their butts for coupon dropping, but the ACTUAL MONEY part may be what bites them (unsure of NZ laws).


100k coupons, 1 dollar real money.  Legal ass covered.
 
2020-12-05 10:41:22 AM  
Nobody is going to spend money to advertise to you that they're going to give you money.
 
2020-12-05 10:41:50 AM  
Supposedly there was $100k in actual cash and $40k "worth" of coupons. The actual number of fake bills would depend on their average value, I suppose. Honestly, even if it had been 100% real cash, it's still an ill-advised, extremely irresponsible way to give it out. Obviously. Something about the good intentions and the road to hell...
 
2020-12-05 10:44:44 AM  

snarfblam: Supposedly there was $100k in actual cash and $40k "worth" of coupons. The actual number of fake bills would depend on their average value, I suppose. Honestly, even if it had been 100% real cash, it's still an ill-advised, extremely irresponsible way to give it out. Obviously. Something about the good intentions and the road to hell...


I'll bet that the promoters pocketed the $100,000 real cash and only dropped the fake shiat.
 
2020-12-05 10:47:49 AM  

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2020-12-05 10:48:56 AM  
Hi Johnny, are we on?

Yes, Les, we can hear you.

I think I see the helicopter getting ready to drop that $100K in cash. The crowd looks excited and everyone is preparing to get their share of the free dough.
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Ohhh, here it comes, Johnny. It's beautiful to watch. The bills are to starting drop and fluttering in the wind as they fall to the waiting hands of the crowd that has assembled here on the ground.
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2020-12-05 10:49:35 AM  
I'm high as fark right now and I still can't seem to find a point of view that makes this ever seem like a good idea lol
 
2020-12-05 10:55:52 AM  
What a better idea might look like:

Free Money - "Magic Christian"
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2020-12-05 10:56:21 AM  

Private_Citizen: TelemonianAjax: The Joker?

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At least the Joker used Real cash.


Ackshually...

They cut a scene from the movie where a guy in the crowd notices the green dye on the money rub off on his hands, showing a fake $1 bill with the Joker's face. The scene ends with the whole crowd getting angry at the Joker, and you can see the tail end of that when he orders his men to open fire.

The script, comic, and novel all have that scene. Also, earlier in the movie he told Vicki Vale what he wanted: "my face on the one dollar bill".
 
2020-12-05 10:57:58 AM  

hissatsu: OK, so this was a tremendously stupid and ill advised thing to do. I don't know what the laws are in NZ, but I hope it costs them legally. However, this event attracted some serious dimbulbs.

Wayne Lynch drove up from Palmerston North with his partner, hoping the $120 he spent on petrol would be more than compensated by the cash giveaway.

He realised that wasn't the case when he caught his first two notes and spotted they were fake. Instead of legal tender, the "cash" gives the bearer 30 per cent off orders from The Safety Warehouse, which sells PPE online.

Lynch said he's now stranded in Auckland with no money to get back home.

He was also hurt in the crush of the crowd, he said.

"I was stomped on, when they were throwing the money I had a whole pile of people on top of me."


He doesn't sound dim, he sounds poor.
 
2020-12-05 11:03:18 AM  

snarfblam: Supposedly there was $100k in actual cash and $40k "worth" of coupons. The actual number of fake bills would depend on their average value, I suppose. Honestly, even if it had been 100% real cash, it's still an ill-advised, extremely irresponsible way to give it out. Obviously. Something about the good intentions and the road to hell...


Also the amount of people they invited. If you had 2000 people fighting over $100k dollars. If they put in 1000 $100 bills, on average 1/4th of the people would make out with $100, but most likely a few got several hundred while most got coupons. Coupons often being worth pennies, there were likely tens of thousands of coupons.
 
2020-12-05 11:06:14 AM  

hissatsu: OK, so this was a tremendously stupid and ill advised thing to do. I don't know what the laws are in NZ, but I hope it costs them legally. However, this event attracted some serious dimbulbs.

Wayne Lynch drove up from Palmerston North with his partner, hoping the $120 he spent on petrol would be more than compensated by the cash giveaway.

He realised that wasn't the case when he caught his first two notes and spotted they were fake. Instead of legal tender, the "cash" gives the bearer 30 per cent off orders from The Safety Warehouse, which sells PPE online.

Lynch said he's now stranded in Auckland with no money to get back home.

He was also hurt in the crush of the crowd, he said.

"I was stomped on, when they were throwing the money I had a whole pile of people on top of me."


Yeah, the article buried the real led...
"Dumbasses spend money they don't have in hopes of catching money from the sky."
 
2020-12-05 11:09:16 AM  
WalMart seen taking notes.
 
2020-12-05 11:11:33 AM  

Jgok: Private_Citizen: TelemonianAjax: The Joker?

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At least the Joker used Real cash.

Ackshually...

They cut a scene from the movie where a guy in the crowd notices the green dye on the money rub off on his hands, showing a fake $1 bill with the Joker's face. The scene ends with the whole crowd getting angry at the Joker, and you can see the tail end of that when he orders his men to open fire.

The script, comic, and novel all have that scene. Also, earlier in the movie he told Vicki Vale what he wanted: "my face on the one dollar bill".


Anyone know who's face is on the fake money in NZ? It doesn't say in the article
 
2020-12-05 11:12:43 AM  
As God is my witness, I thought Kiwis were spry.
 
2020-12-05 11:13:56 AM  
So apparently they threw out $100,000 in real money and $40,000 "worth" of vouchers. Haven't seen anything about what denominations the real notes were in, but pictures of the vouchers suggest they were "worth" $5.

I'd be prepared to bet the actual money (if it was actually there) was in $100 bills, so if all the vouchers were in $5s, that would mean the fake notes would outnumber the real ones by 8 to 1.

Also, they're selling safety equipment. No-one who came that event has any interest in actually using discount vouchers. If they'd made clear beforehand you only have a 1 in 9 chance of actually grabbing any real money, that would be one thing. But they didn't.
 
2020-12-05 11:24:45 AM  

Ponzholio: They get mad at the strip club when I make it rain with fake money too... like, really mad.


Then just do what I do, take out 200-odd bucks in singles, place them in nice little stacks on your table have a beer or two, then put the money back in your coat and leave.  The looks on the strippers' faces was priceless.
 
2020-12-05 11:27:58 AM  

nyclon: Jgok: Private_Citizen: TelemonianAjax: The Joker?

[Fark user image image 425x214]

At least the Joker used Real cash.

Ackshually...

They cut a scene from the movie where a guy in the crowd notices the green dye on the money rub off on his hands, showing a fake $1 bill with the Joker's face. The scene ends with the whole crowd getting angry at the Joker, and you can see the tail end of that when he orders his men to open fire.

The script, comic, and novel all have that scene. Also, earlier in the movie he told Vicki Vale what he wanted: "my face on the one dollar bill".

Anyone know who's face is on the fake money in NZ? It doesn't say in the article


Peter Jackson?
 
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